Janet M. Reed - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Janet M. Reed

June 16, 1933 - March 2, 2024

Janet M. Reed, age 90, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, March 2, 2024.

Born in Wilmington, DE on June 16, 1933, she was a daughter of the late Robert J. and Anna (Ford) Maxwell. Janet was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the class of 1951. She made her career as a library aide at William Penn High School for 20 years until her retirement.

A woman of faith, Janet was a member of New Castle Presbyterian Church for 65 years, and was a member of the Deacon Women’s Association. In her spare time, she loved to play golf and was a member of the Delaware Women’s Golf Association, serving as a past Treasurer. Janet enjoyed traveling to new places as often as she could. Most of all, she cherished time spent with her family and close friends.

In addition to her parents, Janet was preceded in death by her brother, Robert A. Maxwell; and brother-in-law, Marvin Weaver. She is survived by her loving husband of 70 years, Earl J. Reed, Jr.; children, Jeffrey A. Reed, David E. Reed (Mollie), and Susan E. Werkheiser (Jim); sister, Lynda M. Weaver; sister-in-law, Helen M. Maxwell; brother-in-law, Gerald Reed (Becky); stepsisters, Jean Northwood and Shirley Preston; grandchildren, Brian Werkheiser (Lauren), Nicole Kowaleski (Ed), Sarah Christie (Will), and Brad Werkheiser (Sarah Ann); and great-grandchildren, Eddie Kowaleski, Brynnlee Kowaleski, Reed Kowaleski, and Sawyer Kowaleski.

A memorial service will begin at 2 pm on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at New Castle Presbyterian Church, 25 E. 2nd Street, New Castle, DE 19720. A reception will follow in New Castle Presbyterian Church’s CE Building. Inurnment will be held privately in Gracelawn Memorial Park at the convenience of the family.

Any loved ones who are unable to attend the service for Janet may live stream the service by clicking here.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Janet’s memory to New Castle Presbyterian Church at the address listed above or online by clicking here, or to Delaware Hospice, 630 Churchmans Road, Suite 200, Newark, DE 19702 or online by clicking here.


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  • Earl,
    We are so sad to learn about Janet’s passing. She was a dear, gracious and thoughtful person and we will always remember her fondly.
    Our deepest sympathies and condolences to you and all of your family. We are thinking of you during this difficult time and praying for peace.
    Lee & Jaclyn Hagenbach

  • Linda, sorry to hear about Janet’s passing. Sending prayers to your family.

    Helen Jackson (Shoemaker)

  • Dear Earl,
    I am so sorry to hear of Janet’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I can’t attend Janet’s memorial service as I have returned to our Florida home. But I will watch the service on line and remember Janet as the fun, energetic and wonderful person she was.
    My sincere sympathy,
    Betsy Hazzard Deldeo

  • Our deepest sympathy for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • So sorry to read of the passing of Janet. She was such a sweet lady. She always had a smile on her face. I used to love talking to her when I went to the Playhouse. May she rest in peace. I am sure she will be missed by many.

  • Dear Earl and family, I am so sorry for your loss..
    God bless you all
    Patti Christopher
    ( Jim Street’s cousin)

  • I am saddened to hear of Mrs. Reed’s passing. Please accept my condolences. She was such a kind, generous person and always made me feel welcome when I spent time at your house as a kid and teenager.

    All My Love to you all, Beth

  • We are so sorry to hear of Janet’s passing. You and your Family are in our thoughts and Prayers. May she rest in peace now.